- Situated 85 kms from Thekkady and 140 kms from
Madurai on a height (4500 ft asl). Meghamalai is totally cut off being
surrounded by Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
and excellent for trekking, bird watching or just a totally cut off /
The area is full of
tea, coffee and cardamom plantations with a bit of pepper and cinnamon as
well. Woodbriar Tea Estate has over 6000 acres of tea plantations and is
home to one of the largest tea factories in Asia.
View of the Plantations spread all around the area
Meghamalai forest area Resident and migratory elephants are common. Other
animal population comprise tiger (rarely sighted), leopard, Nilgiri tahr, gaur, spotted deer, barking deer, sambar, wild boar, porcupine, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, common langur, bonnet macaque, sloth bear, Grey Junglefowl, Smooth-coated Otter and flying squirrel.
The sanctuary is also home to the endangered, arboreal Grizzled Giant Squirrel Ratufa
Over 100 species of birds have been identified.
The rare Great Indian Hornbills are found here. One of the rarest fruit bats of the world, Salim Ali's Fruit
Bat is only found in this mountain range.
The area has a
limited access and one must have an accommodation reservation or be working
in the estate. Cloud
Mountain Bungalow is one two bedroom option within Woodbriar Estate.
A stay here is an
old plantation bungalow stay experience. From here one can even even explore
the other end of the Periyar Wildlife Reserve and spot Gaur (Indian Bisons),
variety of birds, wildlife, reptiles and butterflies.
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guidance or help.